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Adolf S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3714) interviewed by Viera Durisova and Daniel Duris

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3714

Videotape testimony of Adolf S., who was born in Galanta, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovkia) in 1919, one of seven children. He recalls attending public and religious schools; cordial relations with non-Jews; a sister's death from illness; working in the family bakery; his father's death in 1936; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish restrictions, including confiscation of the bakery; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1939; two years slave labor in Hungary; transfer to the Russian front; traveling home from Belgorod after the Russians stopped the German offensive in 1943; a non-Jewish baker briefly hiding him; deportation to Nové Zámky, Mauthausen, then Gunskirchen in 1944; liberation by United States troops; returning home; restarting the bakery with a brother; confiscation by the communist government; and a successful government career despite antisemitism. Mr. S. discusses prisoners helping each other; the importance of his faith and luck to his survival; constant fear; dehumanization, and harsh conditions during the war; a trip to Auschwitz in 1965; and actively participating in the Jewish community.

Author/Creator
S., Adolf, 1919-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
October 22, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Adolf S Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3714). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4298785
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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